There was no match in Turin. Not long... Winner against Novak Djokovic in the group stage (7-5 6-7 7-6) and excited in front of his audience, Italy's Jannik Sinner was no match this Sunday, in the Masters final. Crushing victory for the Serbian world number 1, in two sets (6-3 6-3). A class away. The first Italian to reach the semi-finals of the Masters, Sinner, 22 years old and number 4 in the ATP rankings, aimed to win the most important title of his young career. He will still have to wait for the one, he who came across (much) stronger than him this Sunday in Piedmont.
Winner of three new Grand Slam titles this year, to bring his total to 24, a record, “Djoko”, who had already made short work of Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals (6-3 6 -2) Saturday, ends the year 2023 in style with this coronation at the Masters, its seventh. Which makes him the record holder in this area, with one more trophy than Roger Federer. Giant.
One hour and 43 minutes. This is the time it took Novak Djokovic, world number one, to dispose of Jannik Sinner (No. 4) in the final of the Masters in Turin. Beaten at the start of the week by the Italian, the Serb learned the lessons of this defeat and made the necessary adjustments. As he admitted after the match: “I played differently compared to the group stages, and that’s what I had to do.” As usual, the champion played at his best, especially when it was necessary to tighten up the game. After a first round completely dominated by the “Djoker” and won with a score of 6-3 in 39 minutes, Sinner managed to get break points in the second act. But in a state of grace on his serve, and thanks in particular to thirteen aces, the Serb dismissed them all. And on a double fault from his opponent, the first of the match, he was able to raise his arms in the air to celebrate a title which ends, in his own words, “the best season of my career”.
A fan of records for many years, Novak Djokovic collected a new, prestigious one on Sunday evening. The Serbian won his seventh Masters trophy. After 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2022, he adds the 2023 edition to his collection. His seventh Masters title, which allows him to surpass a certain... Roger Federer. Jannik Sinner, for his part, may harbor regrets. Author of a masterful performance during the group stages, the Italian won against Djokovic in three sets. After disposing of Mevedev in the semi-final, he was unable to put Djokovic under pressure. This despite the support of the Tifosi Turinois, who gave their voice. But the Italian should have a new opportunity next year, since the Masters will be played again in Piedmont.